Blog Assignment #2 Quote that Resonates….

23 Feb

Please choose a quote that resonates with you from either the Douglass, John Ross, Bradbury, or Wheeler reading. Explain why it is significant to you or provide an image that captures the meaning of the quote with a brief description. If  choosing to write your response, it should be a paragraph or less. This is also due February 26, 2012.

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27 Responses to “Blog Assignment #2 Quote that Resonates….”

  1. Halima Haider February 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I can resonate with a dialogue between Clarisse and Montag in Fahrenheit 451:

    “Why aren’t you in school? I see you every day wandering around.”
    “Oh, they don’t miss me,” she said. “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. “Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don’t think it’s social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That’s not social to me at all.” (Bradbury, 29)

    Living in a society that incorporates technological advancements into it’s culture, it is easy to lose intimate human interaction while being consumed by the activities implemented by these advancements. I concur to Clarisse’s concept of what ‘social’ means. To me being social is verbally connecting on an intimate level with the individual(s) that I am spending time with. It is highly common these days to walk into a restaurant with a family of six sitting at the table on a ‘family night out’, and catching each member with their eyes and fingers fixated on their mobile devices while zero verbal communication occurs among them. To me that’s the opposite of being social; they are being anti-social. Socially disengaging activities similar to the aforementioned are common in today’s world. The most common social activity that people partake in is watching T.V. Watching T.V. eliminates the pressure of intimate verbalization as we watch our shows in silence. Watching T.V. encourages discussion on what was watched which usually initiates trivial conversations that are counterproductive. Most people are entirely accustomed to this sort of lifestyle, it is their idea of being ‘social’. I enjoy warm conversations and discussions that allow me to thoroughly understand the people I interact with. In my late teen years, I boycotted T.V. as much a possible and motivated myself to partake in activities that were more productive and socially intimate. However, over time I’ve come to the discerning realization that trivial activities can be utilized in more productive and intimate ways. There are brain nourishing shows that can initiate deep conceptualizations which can lead to intimate conversations. I also apprehend that with dismal adjustments, we can also reap the benefits of technology, such as our mobile devices, without allowing it to interfere with intimate human interaction. This allows everyone in today’s world to inherently be ‘social’ by the standard of Clarisse and I.

  2. yarunlin February 26, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    Ya Run Lin
    Frankie Mae
    Jean Wheeler Smith
    “Long as you live, bitch, I’m gonna be right and you gonna be wrong. Now get your black ass outta here.” After that, “Frankie never again kept a book for her daddy. She lost interest in things such as numbers and reading.” I felt sad and pity on Frankie. Frankie’s dad always attempted to stay on her side and wanted to see her smile and enjoy her day and night. However, due to the poor condition, he turned down his head and disobeys his heart to accept the wrong thing and that gave a big heat to Frankie. Not only, she had to afford and shared the family’s burden, but she also study hard on learning knowledge. Because that’s what she interesting in. but, the evil power from her father’s boss strangled her dream and hobby. Frankie wanted to use knowledge to prove the right and to show the useful of the knowledge. In reality, she realized that reading and learning won’t help Frankie who was try to do something in vain. Race discrimination, social class distinct, and gap between wealth and poor, Frankie gave up her future and ambition. Not one would stay on her side, even though her lovely father who also stopped to speak up for her. In reality, she knew it is hard for her to run away from the odds. She couldn’t correct unjust thing, the truth would be cover be the authority. Finally, she stopped fighting with them and stopped learning new material till her death.

    • Nessa February 26, 2012 at 5:46 am #

      “She sat around the house, eating and growing fat. When well enough she went to the field with her daddy. Her dresses were seldom ironed now. WHatever she could find to wear would do.” – old man Brown from Frankie Mae.

      This quote struck me because this woman must have felt so hopeless and depressed because of it to let all of her goals and dreams wash down the drain. She used to be the epitome of ambition and determination, nothing could stop her even though she was emotionally sensitive. The next day she would be up and running like nothing ever happened. If i was really upset about something, I usually don’t let it go until a few days depending on the situation. I admired her from reading about how energetic and passionate she was about learning no matter how left behind she was in school or how old she seemed to be in the younger grades. Nothing stopped her. But after she put everything she learned to use and confronted the boss after having realized he made an error, none of her effort mattered. Her economic status, the color of her skin, and unjust power put her in a position where it was either she was killed or she accepted her life as it is now and will be in the future. There was no way out for her and she stopped believing. In the time we live in right now, there is still discrimination, struggle of power, and a messed up economy but there are many paths we can take and opportunities we can grab to advance forward, somewhere different from where we begin. Although I can’t get over things as quickly as Frankie Mae, I also can’t imagine losing all the hope I have in my future like she did. I know there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel for me. For that bright light to disappear, because any way out of that tunnel becomes blocked, has to be the most unfortunate thing that could happen to a person.

      -Vanessa Rodriguez

    • saarruhh February 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

      Sarah Renae Moliski:

      “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing.”(Fahrenheit 451. pg 82). This quote stuck with me for a number of reasons, One being that it’s 100% true. Most people have everything that they “NEED” to be happy but simply are not satisfied. This happens in peoples lives everyday, always have something new to complain about and not being thankful for what they do have. people often look at others who have considerably more money or material items than they do and feed off wanting more and more. It’s human nature to always want more that want one has. To me this quote allows one to sit back and look into their lives and ask themselves is there really something missing? or am i just comparing myself to another.

      Photo that relates to quote and response.

      http://www.google.com/imgres?q=be+grateful+billboard&um=1&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&biw=1236&bih=587&tbm=isch&tbnid=fx3PofnuR8UPlM:&imgrefurl=http://floridaagenda.com/2011/07/12/the-importance-of-being-grateful/&docid=7MQm1lGr2wFBuM&imgurl=http://floridaagenda.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/BeGrateful_billboard.jpg&w=525&h=362&ei=7rxKT72_LKXt0gGVtoCXDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=405&vpy=205&dur=480&hovh=173&hovw=251&tx=80&ty=120&sig=105224952984441151279&page=1&tbnh=106&tbnw=147&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0

  3. marixa1790 February 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    From Fahrenheit 451

    “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.”

    “And someday after it sets in us a long time, it’ll come out our hands and our mouths. And a lot of it will be wrong, but just enough of it will be right. We’ll just start walking today and see the world and the way the world walks now. And while none of it will be me when it goes in, after a while it’ll all gather together inside and it’ll be me. Look at the world out there, My God, my God look at it out there, outside me, out there beyond my face and the only way to really touch it is to put it where it’s finally me, where its in the blood, where it pumps around a thousand times, ten thousand a day. I get hold of it so it’ll never run off. I’ll hold onto the world tight someday. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning.”

    • marixa1790 February 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      When I first read Fahrenheit 451, I was so enamored by the whole story. I wanted to quote everything. I thought it was a beautiful story.
      I wrote this quote when I was nineteen. I think it is very humbling and what I like about it is that it can make me think in so many different dimensions. It reminds me to not be so limited in my thinking, and really try to see the world around me in all its beauty and truth. It blows my mind how much can be going on at a single second, and how different everything is, but there is something that is the same.
      I think this quote really stuck with me my whole life because I think whenever I go someplace, I really try to see everything, like drink it in, because I never want to forget any of it. It always seems to good to be true and the fact that I can be a witness to the sights I’ve seen always reminds me to be grateful, and humble, and to try and approach everything and interpret everything in a meaningful way,

  4. maya shor February 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Maya Shor
    MED180
    Makia Harper
    Feb/26/2012
    Section 09
    “As I writhed under the sting and torment of this knowledge I almost envied my fellow slaves their stupid indifference. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit..” -Frederick Douglass in Learning How to Read and Growing In Knowledge

    This quote resonated with me because it illustrates the disadvantages of learning how to read during this particular time period. In some cases, like slavery, ignorance is bliss. Douglass speaks about the joys of reading throughout the piece however comes to the realization that all of this knowledge troubled him. The Adam and Eve story is very similar to that of Douglass because when they ate from the tree of knowledge, they were aware of matters that troubled them or stressed them out. For example after eating the apples, both Adam and Eve realized they were naked and became embarassed when moments before their nudity posed no issues. Even to this day knowledge is a source of power and a source of pain. Some people use their knowledge to better the world or fight for a cause or prove a point. However some people use knowledge to compare themselves to others, destroy the reputations of others and even pity their life circumstances. Sometimes it is better to be unaware of everything because that innocence can save you a lot of heartache. Douglass raises an important point that is still relevant today and continuously affecting individuals both negatively and positively.

  5. shmoole February 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    “The revelation haunted me, stung me, and made me gloomy and miserable. As I writhed under the sting and torment of this knowledge I almost envied my fellow slaves their stupid indifference. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, and revealed the teeth of the frightful dragon that was ready to pounce upon me; but alas, it opened no way for my escape.”

    Learning to Read and Growing in Knowledge, Frederick Douglass
    p.75

    I found this quote interesting because it illustrates the complexity of Douglass’ relationship with reading. In a way, Douglass’ pursuit of knowledge through reading is a way of subverting his master’s authority, and defying the role expected of a slave. At the same time,however, Douglass’ exposure to ideas about freedom and human rights becomes a burden, making him more aware of the inhuman nature of slavery that could not be masked by comfortable living conditions. Rather than helping him towards freedom, his knowledge makes the obstacles he faces more daunting.

  6. allisonw1986 February 27, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Allison Wright
    Section 084

    Fahrenheit 451, P. 62

    Captain Beatty “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door….Who knows who might be the target of a well-read man?”

    After reading this book a second time, that quote always gets to me. Once you know the truth, you have the power to try and change things. The people who’ve kept you ignorant can no longer control you. This particular excerpt was when Captain Beatty was explaining to Guy Montag the suffering of gaining knowledge from books. Beatty went on to explain that books caused unhappiness and feelings of inadequacy. By destroying books and heightening recreational activities (television, sports, etc.), everyone remain shielded from the harshness of reality. Follow the herd, or be sent to slaughter.

    • allisonw1986 February 27, 2012 at 1:59 am #

      I also forgot to mention the fear that is experienced by those who feel that their power is being challenged.

    • allisonw1986 February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am #
      • allisonw1986 February 27, 2012 at 3:27 am #

        Sorry for all the comments, but wordpress does not allow you to edit comments x.x Here is a link to the photo I’ve been trying to post:

      • makiaharper February 29, 2012 at 1:25 am #

        I love that cartoon!

  7. jessandrews92 February 27, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    “For slavery could Change a saint into a sinner, and an angel into a demon.”- Frederick Douglass
    I choose this quote because i feel that yes slavery did turn people into the opposite of who they were, but relating today’s worlds in such, things that makes people feel inhumane or makes them feel bad in anyway would cause them to do things they regret, or things that make them want to hurt others. I also feel that media has a big role in that as well, because of the comment from the media, and the expectations of other. I also believe that Douglas was a strong person to understand the temptation of life and other that surrounded him.

    I added a picture that reflect this quote!

    Link::

  8. Lyndsi Vasquez February 27, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    “…my imagination had painted only the bright side; and that the reality had its dark shades as well as its light ones” – Frederick Douglass

    I think that there are many parts of his story that none of us will ever be able to relate to, except this. How often do we enter into new seasons of life with romanticized ideals of whats to come. And while we are there, we get smacked in the face with the reality that life is not always good or fair. Mr. Douglass experienced this ‘slap of reality’ not only in his new life in Baltimore, but also in learning to read. He realized that although learning to read was an extraordinary thing for a slave, he also recognized that he was trapped. His increased knowledge led him to the conclusion that he would always be a slave and it eventually became a burden. “To my bondage, I could see no end.”

  9. jakublewinski February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    ”My feelings were not the result of any marked cruelty in the treatment I received; they sprung from the consideration of my being a slave at all. It was slavery, not its mere incidents I hated. I had been cheated. I saw through the attempt to keep me in ignorance. I saw that slaveholders would have gladly made me believe that they were merely acting under the authority of God in making a slave of me and in making slaves of others, and I felt to them as robbers and deceivers.”
    Douglass, Frederic. “Learning to Read and Growing in Knowledge”. p. 76
    This quote was particularly resonating to me because it shows a true cruelty of slavery. The true cruelty of slavery is not physical harm, like whipping, beating, starving, or working till death of exhaustion. Physical harm is not the most humiliating thing you can do to a man. Even, under the worst whipping a man can stay proud. The worst is mental and moral harm that human can do to other human. Making colored people believing in slavery was the worst cruelty. Making somebody believing, that he is worse kind of human or that he is an animal not able to live as normal human being, is something inhuman at all. Moreover, justifying slavery with religion and God is even more disgusting and hypocritical. Humans, by nature are all equal, and, in Christian religion all men are equal in front of the god. Therefore, the felling of humiliation which is described by Douglass in this quote, explains the real evil of slavery. This quote made me thinking about other attempts to segregate people in better and worst races. During the holocaust in WW II, in Nazi concentration camp, in conditions of extreme physical and mental harassment, people started not consider themselves as humans anymore. In memories of those who survived these camps, the worst thing those people have survived was humiliation to the level were they started considering themselves as objects or animals.

  10. andreeres February 27, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Fahrenheit 451 (pg 92)

    Montag to Faber-“I’m not thinking. I’m just doing like I’m told, like always. You said get the money and I got it. I didn’t really think of it myself. When do I start working things out on my own? “You’ve started already, by saying what you just said. You’ll have to take me on faith.”
    ” I took the others on faith!”
    ” Yes and look where we’re headed. You’ll have to travel blind for a while. Here’s my arm to hold onto”
    Montag- ” I don’t want to change sides and just be told what to do. There’s no reason to change if I do that.”
    Faber- ” You’re wise already!”
    The last two statements are prevelant in our studies, wanting knowledge is do to a need of change, prosperity. Montag already can grasp the fact that he is going to be involved with a revolution, but hasn’t yet to see himself as an independent decider although it is he who starts it. Faber shows him so by pointing out that if wanting to be able to think on your own, then Montag is already doing so.

  11. samcatapano February 27, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing.”

    This quote from Fahrenheit 451 really stuck with me because I think that this is how most people in the world are today. We all have everything that we could want, but we still are always looking for more, and we still what things that others have. There are too many people in the world that have everything, and still aren’t happy. I think that this quote just reinforces the amount of things in life that people take for granted.

  12. gabbykliz February 27, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” – Clarisse McClellan

    This quote from part one of Fahrenheit 451 is relevant in the sense that who is to say who I really am. We, as a society, are bound by labels and stereotypes. This is largely due to the media and the concepts it presents us with. There are many mixed messages and feelings out there and it is hard to form our own opinions of a person or place when we have already resonated them with past experiences or have pre conceived notations.

  13. enuttt February 27, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    “To this fact the dear lady no doubt owed the excellent preservation of her natural goodness of heart, for slavery could change a saint into a sinner, and an angel into a demon”

    Douglass- pg 68

    I believe that this quote really hits home with the topics that we have been discussing in class. Miss Sophia, the ‘mistress of the household’ in which Douglass was a slave, had never been a slaveholder, and therefore did not have the type of outlook on the world as others did. “The supercilious contempt for the rights and feelings of others, and the petulance and bad humor which generally characterized slaveholding ladies, were all quite absent from her manner and bearing toward me” This is basically to say that a person’s upbringing and the things they learn about the society around them tend to be the determinate of the type of person they will be when they are older. Meaning that the knowledge that we learn from the world around us determines the way in which we will look at the world. In terms of Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse was different because her family showed her how to regard the world differently, her family had discussions at the dinner table, and enjoyed her their leisure time. Clarisse enjoyed the little things in life because growing up she was taught to notice them. This is the same with how the media effects individuals. The types of television we watch, the types of newspaper one reads effects the type of outlook that one will take when observing the world around them. Going back to the quote, it is almost as if to say that experience, and what you see or know determines the type of person you are; slavery can turn the purest of hearts rotten.

  14. minttruffles February 27, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Chanelle
    “She would rush at me with the utmost fury, and snatch the book or paper from my hand, with something of the wrath and consternation which a traitor might be supposed to feel on being discovered in a plot by some dangerous spy.” (pg.72)
    -Frederick Douglas

    This quote resonates with me because it embodies the inner turmoil Mrs. Auld must have been suffering. The very fact that she would attack Frederick Douglas with such animosity is because she was confused. She was the one who taught Douglas how to read but then she was led to believe that what she was doing was wrong by a man. She obviously felt some form of guilt for teaching Douglas how to read but I believe that she was in conflict with her own beliefs. Mrs. Auld would not have taught Douglas how to read if she had found anything wrong with it and her husband’s orders go against what she feels is right. I identify with Mrs. Auld in this aspect because she is just another victim of a patriarchal society.

  15. nusrat choudhury February 27, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    Fahrenheit 451; The Sieve & the Sand
    “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores.”

    I really like this quote because I completely agree with it and I think a lot of people don’t understand this about books in general. I see it like this, a million people could read the same book, but could all interpret it in completely different ways. That’s why I never understood in high school English class why we all had to see the same symbols and be tested on the same thesis or meaning of a certain piece of literature, because not everyone sees or takes in things the same way. And maybe the author even had a completely different meaning than what we were interpreting in our schools. I feel like this quote is saying exactly that, that books contain “quality” or bits of info we all take and interpret. But at the same time these books have “pores”, meaning maybe not every word resonates with us but we take and interpret the ones we find most important and this is different for every person. Even the way I interpreted this quote could be different from someone else’s. That’s just the power of words and the textures we feel from them.

  16. skbeecher90 February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Shauna-Kaye Beecher
    Section 009
    Frederick Douglas “Learning to Read and Growing in Knowledge”
    pg. 69-70

    “Of course he forbade her to give me any further instruction, telling her that in the first place to do so was unlawful, as it was also unsafe…If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. Learning will spoil the best nigger in the world. If he learns to read the Bible it will forever unfit him to be a slave…As for himself, learning will do him no good, but a great deal of harm, making him disconsolate and unhappy” (Douglas, 69-70).

    Since I was younger, I have always placed a great emphasis on education. You can’t do better unless you know better. Douglas’ master attempted to keep him ignorant and unknowing, because he knew that if Douglas learned to read he would realize that his place is not at the bottom of the social ladder, but beside his master, as an equal. “Learning will spoil the best nigger in the world.” This quote illustrates how the masters expected their slaves to behave; robotic and compliant. Douglas’ master was aware that once a slave learns how to read and is exposed to politics and everything literature has to offer, he will begin to question his role in society, thus “spoiling” himself. The master even goes as far as to say reading the Bible will make him unfit to be a slave. How ironic! Maybe, he needs to re-read the Bible. I am not too sure if whether the topic of slaves or servants is presented in the Bible, but I do know that the Bible places an importance on human beings being kind, compassionate, and just towards one another. Most slave holders were not, so it is interesting for him to mention the Bible and use it against Douglas when he barely follows its teachings himself. When I read this text, the only thing that ran through my mind was a quote I heard many years ago, “If you wanna hide something from a black man, put it in a book.” It’s ironic, how hard African Americans from our past have been fighting to protect our civil liberties and even in this day and age we’re still taking their struggle for granted. A lot of African Americans don’t read often or try to further their education and it is not because it is forbidden, most simply do not wish to. As alarming as it may sound, it is true, and it is very disappointing. As for the last part of the quote, “learning will do him no good, but a great deal of harm, making him disconsolate and unhappy”, yes, ignorance is bliss and when one is exposed to knowledge, there will always be the desire to learn more, but isn’t that the point? We should want to grow. Our desire to learn and grow should never be quenched.

  17. kaseyburgess February 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    “Christ is one of the ‘family’ now. I often wonder it God recognizes His own son the way we’ve dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He’s a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn’t making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshipper absolutely needs.” (2.124)
    Fahrenheit 451

    This quote stuck with me because it seems that now-a-days those who practice religion can make up any interpretation to make religion work for them. I grew up religious but didn’t stay religious after around 16, this is because all of my friends who were different branches and of different intensity when it comes to the practice itself were only doing what they wanted to do, not what the bible says is best. I personally stopped my religious practices for other reasons involving corruption but that’s another story.
    This quote reminded me of Ash Wednesday this year. How all of a sudden all these people I knew were catholic… none of them had expressed any religion because nor do they ever attend church but for these ashes this one day out of the year. What would god think? Would he be pissed that all these people walking around with this mark are performing adultery and sinning left and right… but this one day they decided to remind themselves how they were forced to grow up. It seems that religion now is built for convenience, not to represent the original practices. If it’s easy and it makes up look good, we will buy into it. If we donate money to the church we don’t have to go. If we get ashes on our forehead once a year we are catholic for the rest of the year. If we give up Facebook for Lent, then someone how it makes that person a more disciplined person and therefore closer to Christ… seriously?

  18. Natalie Alibrandi February 29, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” When I brought Fahrenheit 451 I had no clue what the book was about all I knew was that it was my friends favorite book and she was excited that I had to read it for class since she rereads it every year. I reread the first page three times because I was intrigued by every detail. I was very confused to read about the opposite actions of the typical ” fireman.” One the first page there was a reference to the degree 451 and I soon found out that its the degree paper burns at. Which I found quite interesting because typically if you were reading a book or a movie and the main character likes to burn objects or things its not usually paper. The paper symbolized as this need for education, since the futuristic city is opposite from reality there seems to be no civilization and order. By incorporating education a system that has been around for centuries people begin to regulate rules and government.

  19. katie daugerte March 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Katie Daugerte
    Fahrenheit 451:

    “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy”.

    I chose this quote because it embodies the idea that “ignorance is bliss”. The author is saying that in order for people to feel smart, they should just be pumped with useless information that they cant use as a weapon-information that doesn’t invoke any thought.it will create an illusion that people have knowledge, however, if they are given information that actually means anything it will bring them sadness. i think this ties in with what we were discussing, and how knowledge can be the most powerful weapon, which can easily be made to look unappealing to the masses by saying things like sociology and philosophy are “slippery”.

    i chose this image because it shows that even though the ball is about to get pummeled, it has no idea, therefore it is happy

  20. hdornblum182 March 4, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    “The effect of his words on me was neither slight nor transitory. His iron sentences, cold and harsh, sunk like heavy weights deep into my heart, and stirred up within me a rebellion not soon to be allayed.”- Frederick Douglass

    I felt a deep connection to this quote as soon as I stumbled upon it in Douglass’s writing. In the simplest of words I feel like this quote describes myself in a way even I don’t know how to explain. I connect with Douglass on a very deep level in the terms that both of us have these hearts which are weighed down by “the effect” of words; the constant peril and pain of a sensitive heart. For Douglass, being a slave who is denied the opportunity to learn to read by his slavemaster and his slavemaster’s wife, who initially was the one to begin to teach Douglass to read, the unbearable torment of being treated with such disdain and inhumanity causes these “heavy weights” to penetrate his sensitive heart. I too have felt this kind of invasion of words which I did not want to hear, be it from people shooting down my ideas or denying me the opportunities I thought that I deserved, such as parents depriving me from outings or refusing to hear my side of things. Douglass was just a child, a thirteen year old boy, who was treated like nothing else but a slave, and this disheartened him as much as it empowered him. He decided not to sit back and wallow in his misery as he saw some other slaves around him doing, other people who had accepted that slavery was their life’s purpose. This “rebellion” arose for Douglass to fight back against being only a slave and to seek real meaning and depth in his life. For me as well, coming from a family who often oppressed me and did not provide adequate support for my self-growth, I am embracing the same kind of rebellion by going to college and educating myself. Douglass and I both share the desire to fight back against the harsh words meant to keep us down so that we will someday be free, be fully whole, our hearts no longer sunken. This quote really resonated with me for that reason.

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